News for 2012-12-28

Friday, December 28, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Rainforest Action Network's Rebecca Tarbotton, 39, Dies in Swimming Accident
Leading environmentalist and human rights activist Rebecca Tarbotton, 39, executive director of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), has died while vacationing along the west coast of Mexico. According to RAN, Tarbotton died Wednesday on a beach while vacationing with her husband and friends. The...
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[title] Israel and Iran: A Love Story?
When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Where Do the Children Play?' In Shadow of Fukushima Disaster... Inside
New research out of Japan suggests that children living in the shadow of the Fukushima nuclear power plant are suffering unexpected consequences because ongoing fears of radiation are keeping the young indoors and out of shape. Since the power plant melted down in March of 2011, causing tens of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Support Grows as Harper Continues to Ignore Indigenous Upswell
As First Nation Chief Theresa Spence enters the 18th day of her hunger strike, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper still refuses to meet with her, turning his back on the swelling 'Idle No More' movement at his door. On Friday, Canadian federal health minister Leona Aglukkaq encouraged Spence to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Echoes of Arab Spring as Sunni Protests Spread Across Iraq
Tens of thousands took to the streets across Iraq on Friday in a day of national protest containing echoes of other popular uprisings that have taken place ac
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[field_image_caption-raw] Port Workers' Threat of East Coast Shutdown Knocks Owners Off Stance
In what's being seen as at a least a temporary victory for organized labor, an announced agreement on Friday between port workers and business owners signals that the union's determination to organize a major strike in major East Coast ports was enough to force concessions. A workers strike had...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Seven States Propose 'Irresponsible and Dangerous' Laws to Arm Teachers
In the wake of the Newtown massacre that left 26 people—including 20 children—dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School, seven states have proposed legislation that would allow teachers to carry guns to school. The concept, renewed by NRA President Wayne LaPierre a week after the shootings, has drawn...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN's Last Stand on Arms Trade Treaty
UNITED NATIONS - Amidst a politically divisive debate on gun control in the United States following a rash of mass shootings, the United Nations will meet in March to finalise an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) after nearly two decades of negotiations. Dr. Natalie Goldring, a senior research fellow at the...
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[title] The Odyssey: After Austerity Greeks are Returning to the Land to Survive
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[title] Elevated Ocean Acidity Eating Away at Corals
One of the biggest impacts of climate change is on the oceans. They absorb up to 30 percent of all the carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere. This is making sea water more corrosive in such a fast pace that scientists fear marine life will not be able to adapt. Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Senate Votes to Extend Sweeping Bush Era Surveillance Powers
Update: The US Senate on Friday voted to reauthorize the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, a spying bill that critics say violates the Fourth Amendment and gives vast, unchecked surveillance authority to the government. The move extends powers of the National Security Agency to conduct surveillance of...
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